Miika Saksi

18 December 2008

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Freelance illustrator Miika Saksi from Helsinki.

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The inauguration of the 44th US President, Barack Obama, this January 20, 2009 marks an exciting, pivotal point in history. The ‘THAT ONE: HISTORY’ image is an iconic image created by illustrator Justin Hampton as a tribute to this historic moment.

The limited edition silk screened print of HISTORY sold out immediately when it was released last month, but SIGNED five color screen printed handbills on 100 lb acid free paper stock in metallic inks measuring 6″x 6″ are NOW on sale starting – yesterday! Better get on it! (I have two and LOVE them).

$5 Silver handbill

$7 Gold Handbill

http://www.justinhampton.com/ThatOneHBSG.html

Buy both handbills and a lucky few will be randomly selected to receive the 4 separate stages of the individual ‘History’ handbills as well! That doubles your value.

FREE shipping for the holidays for domestic addresses!*Addresses outside the US will be charged USPS Priority International shipping rates at the time of purchase.

A portion of the profits from these prints will be donated directly to the DNC for the new administration’s transition.

NOTE: A painting of this exact silk screen will be showing alongside the famous Shepard Fairey Obama at the D.C. inaugural art exhibition called Manifest Hope.

Gift guide: winos

18 December 2008

 Rabbit Wine Opener

A few items come into mind when mentioning the ‘Rabbit’.  It seems to be a popular name for objects these days.  This Rabbit is one of the best deals on the market.  For those ready to graduate from the grocery store wine bottle openers, The Metrokane Rabbit Wine Opener Gift Set, is aesthetically appealing, easy to use, and you get a lot for your dollar.

It was listed in the top 5 wine openers by Galt Tech Research As of this writing it is in stock at Amazon for $59.99 (from $110).  Enjoy.

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Numark’s iDJ Mixing Console for iPod is a 2-channel mixer that provides mobile DJs and iPod enthusiasts with a way to integrate their portable music with their sound reinforcement systems. It transforms the iPod from a mere personal music player into a source playback device. With a compact form, comprehensive features, and blue-on-white design the Numark iDJ blends perfectly with the iPod.

Here for $159 (normally around $399)

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Slippers are a classic Christmas gift. Why not make them felt and fun! ‘Feltgoods‘ on Etsy out of Wabasha, Minnesota creates these Norwegian looking hand knit designs using worsted weight wool yarn. They are then felted in a vintage wringer washer.

Each pair is one-of-a-kind, soft, and warm for only $30.

Holiday Gift Guide: Ribcap

16 December 2008

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Ribcap, an engineered line of stocking caps that instantly harden if you hit your head. Made in Switzerland, but you can find them on Amazon.

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AFTERGLOW : Prints for for sale

Prints for PICA is a fundraiser, fueled by artists in the name of art. Every year artists convene, print, meet each-other, risk certain embarrassment, rise and fall, push around the ink, crank the presses, and create inspired work with a sense of immediacy and purpose both endearing and awe inspiring.

Now that the dust has settled, they have had the opportunity to take stock of what was created. Hundreds of prints came off the presses, and hundreds have been purchased by hungry collectors. Each is $100 and all of the proceeds go to support PICA’s artistic programming.

In fact, as you make your last minute purchases think of walking into a local gallery or shop and purchase work by your local artists. What you give this season matters.

Take a look at some of the inventory on Flickr, and send an email to vic [at] pica.org or call 503.242.1419 x225 if you are interested in purchasing a print. You can also come by and visit the PICA offices at 224 NW 13th Ave #305 Portland 97209 (located inside the Wieden+Kennedy building).

Viewing hours are as follows:
10 am – 6 pm Tuesday, December 16 though Thursday, December 18;
12 – 4 pm Friday, December 19 and Monday and Tuesday, December 22 – 23

For an additional $75 – $150 get your print matted, framed and wrapped in time for the holidays!

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Just look at it. Does anything more need to be said?

Fuji’s instax photo system is the next generation of instant photography. Lightweight and compact, the stylish mini camera goes anywhere. Operation is easy – simply check the LED exposure indicator and press the shutter, a beautiful credit card-size instant color photo is ready in minutes – sharp and clear on Fuji instax film! Auto focus; auto flash; built-in lens cover. ( 5″w, 5″h, 2.5″d )
Insiders note:
EBay is not the worst place to pick up some Christmas gifts. The vendor ‘u-japan’ is selling the beautifully designed instant camera by Fuji for ‘Buy It Now’ prices starting at $65. The Fujifilm Instax Mini’s normal going retail price is around $130, so you can save a decent amount on this camera through this power seller with a 99.8% positive history.

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Another fun product from SUCK UK. Holds roughly an hour of music; the length of an old C60 cassette, or 64MB. Pretty cool gift… and $20 isn’t bad!

$20 from Insound -Americas

£20 from SUCK UK – Europe

Flowing Rhythm

My family heritage comes from an island off the coast of Denmark called Funan, also the home of Hans Christian Andersen. To designers this medium sized island is most notably where the contemporary mobile began.

Mobiles originated in Denmark as a traditional craft. In 1954 they were reinterpreted and shown in a modern light by the “Uromager”, otherwise known as Christian Flensted. His nickname translates into something like “maker of things mischievous and always on the move”. Those wacky Danes (remember these are my people).

This abstract home decoration is an inspiration for adults and children alike. Gift givers seeking a unique and fun item that brings a new feel to any space and a smile to any face, will be thrilled to see the choices offered at Seattle boutique store, Eurostyle Your Life. They have a pretty decent number of Flensted mobiles.

Shown is “Flowing Rhythm”, created so that the elements are in constant motion while the entire mobile maintains a harmonic balance. Each mobile is carefully assembled, and balanced by skillful hands. They are packed so that they are ready to hang.  They also ship incredibly well.

$45